The Rockmart Lady Jackets volleyball team has been playing as well as any team in the area this season. On Saturday, that continued.
Hosting their third tournament of the season, this time the Play for a Cure volleyball tournament, the Lady Jackets advanced all the way to the championship match before falling to Chapel Hill.
Rockmart had entered the tournament fresh off a pair of wins on Tuesday, Aug. 27. On that night, Rockmart defeated Chattooga 25-14, 25-18 and then clipped Alexander 25-17, 21-25, 25-11.
In bracket play at Saturday’s tournament, the Lady Jackets defeated Coosa 25-19, 25-11 and East Paulding 25-16, 25-10. Rockmart and Ringgold then split their two matches in bracket play.
After not losing during the early portion of the tournament, the Lady Jackets would advance to the Gold Bracket as the No. 3 seed.
Rockmart won in bracket play over South Paulding despite losing the first match. Rockmart lost the opener 25-22, but bounced back to win 25-17, 25-20.
In the semifinals against Alexander, the Lady Jackets won 25-18, 25-19 to advance to the title game.
In the championship game, Rockmart won the first match 25-21 but then dropped the second match 25-22. In the third and final match, the Lady Jackets lost 25-23.
“This was an all out battle between two very good teams,” Lady Jackets head coach Robert Torline said about the championship game. “The third and final match went back and forth.”
Despite the tough setback in the tournament championship, Torline was proud of his team.
“Our girls gave it their all and then some,” Torline said. “Yes we wanted to win and finish in first, but in my mind the girls grew as a team today and that will go a long way in helping us be very successful this season.”
Rockmart now has a record of 16-4 on the season.
“That is a new school record for starting a season,” Torline said. “The most wins Rockmart volleyball has ever had in a season is 22 and the girls are on pace to shatter that record the way they are playing.”
This week Rockmart will host Darlington and Chapel Hill on Thursday in a pair of big games. Action is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.